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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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9,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,891
Reviews: 2,859
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 205
Gots: 1,705 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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Golden with a tinge of amber. Hoppy aromas of grass and mild citrus. Some grainy malt flavors combine with notes of citrus hops and white grape skin. Assertive, but not overpowering black peppery bitterness. Not watery, but surprisingly muted. This would probably make a good session beer, but I've had a few more interesting APAs than this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Light amber orange body full of small bubbles rising to a white creamy head that laces all over the place.

S: Picking up some moderately fresh hops over some subtle malts.

T: This beer has all the usual suspects for pale ale that is leaning towards an IPA. A variety of semi-fresh hops swirl and cascade over the top of a foundation of sweet toasty malts. All this smooths out with a slightly more bitter finish than I was expecting. The aftertaste lingers shorter than expected, but is a good one.

M: Smooth but fresh with a nice balance of carbonation. The body is on the lighter side, but that lends to the drinkability nicely.

D: A very drinkable and pleasing APA. Not over-powering, and because of this it can be a fine session beer for the hop-seeker that doesn't want to blister his palate with one of the many American hop-bombs.

Overall: Arguably, this beer is (in my opinion) one of the "Big Three" beers that facilitates the conversion of great number of Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers into craft drinkers (the other two being Sam Adams Boston Lager and Guinness Draught). I wonder how many hoppy APAs and IPAs exist today because of the success of this beer. Regardless, it is a reliable, widespread, well-crafted pale ale that can be used as a benchmark to rate others against. This beer promotes beer advocacy, and on that note... it is a great beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Coppery amber, lazy carbonation with a khaki 2 finger head that leaves plumes of lacing.

Aroma: Restrained Grapefruit & pine resin

mouthfeel: slightly flat but fairly acceptable.

taste: broad field of crackery malt plowed by a balanced mixture of citrus and piney hops. Beer finishes dry and refreshing.

Notes: So many American Pale Ales aim for this. Sierra Nevada gets there. Well balanced, enough malt to anchor the hops, enough hops to refresh and delight. Like the other Sierra Nevada beers I have tried this one says quality.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, but slightly hazy, amber hue with a very healthy almost pure white head that sticks to the glass with the best of them throughout the drink and perfect head retention. Aromas of the kind of hops that got me into IPA's, but not as strong as many IPA's or APA's I've had since. Light hoppy aroma with a sweetness backing it.

This is the taste that got me into IPA's back in the day. It basically introduced the hop as a beer's main character to me. Like I said for the aroma, I've had better since, but as for the taste, this is one of the most solid beers out there. Very perfectly balanced for a beer that is known for its hoppy character. For an introductory beer to the world of craft, there isn't a much better beer to have. Bitter when it needs to be, and just sweet enough on the backside to balance it out perfectly. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and smooth but not extremely.

One of the best all-around beers out there and one that I will always accept willingly when offered. One that apparently got a lot of people into craft beers, me included. Always have a soft spot in my heart for this one.

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A - Deep dark amber colour, thick white head which clears quickly but the lacing is great

S - Subtle aroma, floral notes and slight hop.

T - spicy floral bite with a smooth malty aftertaste

M - Crisp to begin but smooth at the end with a touch of dryness.

O - Great beer, drinkable all year round and still enjoyable. Definitely one of my old favorites.

Serving type: bottle

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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